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ADOT testing out new digital license plate technology

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PHOENIX — Technology for cars has moved outside, at least in Arizona and one other state, testing of digital license plates that will, in theory, make waiting for registration a thing of the past.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has outfitted some of its vehicles with Reviver Auto’s e-ink plates as part of a pilot program. The plates, called RPlate Pros, have been in use in California and would replace stickers and paperwork with digital decals.

“The license plate has not changed since Henry Ford debuted the Model T in 1908,” Neville Boston, CEO of Reviver Auto, said on the company’s website.

Instead of trying to get that registration sticker on just right or sitting through the DMV line, it’s possible for motorists to have automated DMV renewals.

Drivers can even leave customized messages that appear on the plate when they park.

The plates could even help law enforcement who are looking for a stolen car or if a registration is expired.

“The RPlate Pro transforms the stamped metal license plate into an integrated, elegant digital display that functions as a legal license plate, while adding new digital communications facilitated through RConnect, a browser-based management system that was also unveiled today at NAIAS,” the company’s website said.

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